Remains of 11 babies found in ceiling of closed funeral home

The closed Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit

Builders made a gruesome discovery on Friday evening as they were transforming a former funeral home into a community centre: the bodies of 11 infants hidden in the ceiling.

Nine of the bodies were found in a cardboard box while the other two were found in caskets.

Detroit police ordered a search of the building to ensure there are no additional bodies inside.

The Cantrell Funeral home was shuttered in April when inspectors found "deplorable, unsanitary conditions", which included decomposing bodies left in an unrefrigerated garage for months, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said.

Det. Lt. Burt also said detectives looking into the discovery are hoping to speak to the former owner of the funeral home and have not ruled out that other staff members may have known about the hidden bodies.

The remains of the infants, some of them apparently stillborn, were in a false ceiling between the first and second floors, Brower said.

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'That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation.

During a popup inspection during that time frame inspectors found 20 bodies, seven were in caskets, three were in cremation containers, and 10 were just lying on tables.

"We do have names for some of the remains and we're going to try to contact the families".

He may be guilty of a felony punishable by a fine of '$5,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years, or both, ' according to the LARA website. "It's very unfortunate and they definitely need to find out who put them there". It led the inspectors to a "hidden" compartment in a lowered ceiling - so concealed that Bowser was not sure anyone would have found it otherwise.

Who hid the bodies in the ceiling?

"Those who have asked me to hold their loved ones will know I was doing them a favor to accommodate them". Those individuals we called we've tried to notify and they haven't been picked up'.

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